Jamie K. A. Smith
James K.A. Smith arrived at Villanova University in 1995 for the doctoral program in philosophy. Working under the guidance of John Caputo, he graduated with his PhD in 1999 and moved to his first tenure-track job at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. In 2002 he moved to Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI where he now is professor of philosophy and holds an endowed chair. In the first half of his career he specialized in phenomenology, including a translation of Catholic philosopher Jean-Luc Marion’s book on art, The Crossing of the Visible. But over the past 10 years Smith’s work has focused on “translating” philosophical concepts for broader audiences, including award-winning books such as How (Not) To Be Secular and You Are What You Love (which has sold over 100,000 copies). His public commentary has also appeared in periodicals such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.
Smith’s most recent book, On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-world Spirituality for Restless Hearts, is deeply indebted to his time at Villanova. “One of the great gifts I received from the Augustinian community at Villanova,” Smith attests, “was an appreciation for what I call ‘the whole Augustine.’ Philosophers have a tendency to ‘anthologize’ Augustine—to pick and choose from his published corpus. But at Villanova I learned that one couldn’t possibly understand Augustine without reading his letters and sermons. That insight is a big part of this new book.”
and here is his new book
as well as the Publisher’s Weekly review